What IS HSC? - UC 4 Campus Human Sciences and Complexity

HSC is the 4-Campus UC Videoconference seminar in HUMAN SCIENCES AND COMPLEXITY in which students and faculty meet on Friday afternoons throughout the year at times when the Marschak lecture series is not meeting. Participants are UCLA, UCI, UCSD, UCR; Schools include Social Sciences (all departments represented), ICS or Computer Science, Management/Business, Biology/Evolutionary Ecology, Physics/Math, Medicine/Genetics. CLICK HERE for a pdf version of this page where visible url links are live.

It is a place to present and to discuss new frontiers of research relevant to complexity and related topics relevant to the human sciences.

Roughly half the participants are faculty, the others are principally graduate students, and a few undergraduates and members of the public.

It is a FOR CREDIT seminar for graduates and for undergraduates in the UC system, but each campus arranges its own course numbers. It has 30 hours of meetings per year, for which one 4-credit seminar or course credit is available on a REPEAT BASIS every year, i.e., the content never repeats. At UCI over the course of the year each student (grad/undergrad) submits one paper for course credit, reviewing work of one of the HSC speakers, and we sometimes meet in an interactive FLASH meeting to discuss these papers.

For faculty and students it is a place to discuss possible new collaborations, exchange of data and methodology, a place to find graduate advisors, students who want to collaborate on research.

It emphasizes DIALOG and DISCUSSION, with interactive technology. When we meet in the video lab, everyone has a microphone that is touch activated/deactivated. Take care to deactivate when you are not wanting to speak so as not to interrupt the speaker. Voice activation switches control of the broadcast channels to the speaker’s forum on their campus.

An alternate format is to RECORD and STREAM a presentation, say, in a classroom setting with students, while others view the proceedings in their interactive video centers. At the end of the presentation, which is not interactive but being STREAMED one-way, the discussion begins in the labs, often with the speaker joining their group in the video lab.

The second format is the end-of-quarter conference setting, when everyone comes to the central or closes campus, usually Irvine. These are also RECORDED.

Thus ALL the session, videolab, classroom, and conference, are recorded for later STREAMING VIDEO on-demand from our web site at http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/center/cac.html#2006 They can be played, for example, by REAL PLAYER.

Collaborative Meeting format

Sometimes a group of students (or faculty) participating in the seminar is interested in meeting with a faculty member who is not on campus.

Or, a group of faculty and graduate students want to plan a collaborative project or discuss on ongoing project.

Or, we want to brainstorm and plan something new, like our new minor.

In such cases we use FLASH meeting, the Open University software for

HCS - the Academic Minor in Human Complex Systems

HCS started at UCLA as an undergraduate minor.

Through the HSC videoconference, it is now being implemented at UC Irvine, and planning is underway for implementation at UCSD and UC Riverside.

The intercampus organizers are Dwight Read (UCLA) and our administrator John Bragin, Duran Bell (UCI), David Kronenfeld et al. (UCR) and several faculty at UCSD (Guillermo Algaze, Darrell Schreiber, Geoffrey Braswell, et al.).

Affiliations with other Complexity Groups

European Complex Systems Society http://complexsystems.lri.fr/ECSS/tiki-index.php Supervises the organization of the ECCS, renamed CCS as of 2007. Develop and publish on-line the Roadmap for Complexity Sciences

Conference on Complex Systems ECCS’05 ECCS’05 ECCS’06 ECCS’07 CCS’08 - papers for presentation are reviewed and published as conference proceedings. Full pdf are available on the web site for many papers on the program page. Papers are often available from the workshops.

ECCS’06 http://complexsystems.lri.fr/ECSS/tiki-index.php?page=ECCS%2706&bl http://complexsystems.lri.fr/ECSS/tiki-index.php?page=ECCS%2706+Programme&bl http://complexsystems.lri.fr/ECSS/tiki-index.php?page=ECCS06+Satellite+Workshops&bl

CABDyN: Complex Agent-Based Dynamic Networks Complex Adaptive Systems Group Seminars SAID Business School, Oxford http://sbs-xnet.sbs.ox.ac.uk/complexity/complexity_home.asp (considering purchase of an interactive conferencing system like ours - contact is Felix Reed-Tsochas)

Santa Fe Institute http://www.santafe.edu/ -- no interactive system

Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan http://www.cscs.umich.edu/about/complexity.html -- no interactive system

Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) contact: Brian Uzzi http://nico.northwestern.edu/ http://www.research.northwestern.edu/research/pdfs/centerPiece_fall04.pdf#search=%22%22Complexity%20Institute%22%2C%20Northwestern%22 -- no interactive system

On-line open access Journals for Complexity Groups

The UCI research group that organized the HSC seminars, Social Dynamics and Complexity, publishes a peer-reviewed science journal within the open access UC eRepository, STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS, All participants and speakers in the HSC are invited to submit articles, commentaries, and book notes or reviews. The web site is http://repositories.cdlib.org/imbs/socdyn/sdeas/. The journal has had nearly 7,000 full-text downloads in the 12 months since startup. The articles published and approrpriate reviewers have been fully interdisciplinary. Please let the editor and our HSC organizer, Doug White, of other such journals to list here and for suggestions on the journal or the seminar.


The total budget for the HSC over 2 years has been 3K courtesy of the UCOP Academic Initiatives of which 2.5 have been expended for staff. In essence: overhead free, because the seminar itself is supported on the normal campus educational budgets, pursuant to enrollments. The cost for the eJournal has been minimal, simply some copyediting fees. Specific support for UCI faculty and graduate participation in complexity research has been supported by non-profit organizational contributions. This interdisciplinary effort in the complexity sciences has been essentially self-organizing, plus a travel budget for outside speakers.

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